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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS1117 Introduction to Professional Issues for Healthcare Scientists

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Rhona Riley

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Programme Entry Requirements for BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology)
Programme Entry Requirements BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)

This module is mutually exclusive with

ARCS1114Introduction to the Role of the Healthcare Professional

Module replaces

ARCS1100 Introduction to professional issues for healthcare scientists

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to a range of professional issues relevant to healthcare science. Students will learn in an inter-professional setting where appropriate focus will be given to acquisition of knowledge and understanding that underpin reflective, ethical and value-based practice. Information literature and evidence based practice will underpin the module and a study skills workshop will ensure the students are signposted to the requirements of degree level study.


The module will begin to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the nature and expectations of their chosen profession and how their profession integrates with the other professions represented in the inter-professional sessions on the module.
Students will begin to explore the fundamental concepts which underpin contemporary healthcare practice. They will be introduced to the historical, cultural and legislative changes which have influenced the development of the modern NHS on a national and local level.
Reference will be made to key national guidelines (e.g. NHS constitution, HEE guidance, PSRB guidance) as well as the University of Leeds Partnership.
- Working together for patients
- Respect and dignity
- Everyone counts
- Commitment to quality of care
- Compassion
- Improving lives

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Discuss the importance of communication in the healthcare setting
2. Understand the concept of person centred care
3. Recognise your role in relation to team working
4. Understand the structure and management framework for healthcare science at the local and national level
5. Be knowledgeable of the quality improvement structures and processes that apply to healthcare science
6. Understand the concept of ethical practice in relation to respect and dignity
7. Review the psychology of health/sociology of health and social care
8. Understand reflection in terms of their own practice
9. Discuss professionalism and inter-professional working including conduct
10. Understand the information literacy, evidence based practice and study skills that underpin the module.

Skills outcomes
The role of a healthcare scientist both within their profession and the wider healthcare environment.
Professional skills including inter-professional team work, communication, ethical practice


Development of the NHS
Person Centred Care
Team working
Psychology of health/sociology of health and social care
Information literacy
Evidence based practice
Study skills

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours247.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study time will be spent reading literature and preparation for lectures, tutorials and assessment.
Independent study will be in completing the online guided study packages.
Throughout the module there will be an increasing emphasis upon independence in learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring of progress will be through their participation within the tutorial sessions and group work activities and completion of the online guided study package.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster PresentationGroup posters to be developed virtually.30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Professional groups are allocated, with the groups expected to research and produce a poster depicting the staff that a patient might see on their journey through their out-patients visit. Students are required to pass both components to successfully pass the module There is no compensation between elements.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:42:29


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